Weekly Family Newsletter

Burns Park Elementary

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February 20th, 2023

Dear Burns Park Families,

Happy National Pet Day! We hope you enjoyed your day off - whether you spent it relaxing or outside in the sun, we hope it was a wonderful four day weekend.

It was great seeing so many families for NAAPID and Valentine's Day last week. Please see updates below regarding virtual movie night (tonight!), yearbook photos, Burns Park Run and Burns Park Players production of Beauty in the Beast, opening this Thursday!

Have a wonderful week.

Love and Peace,

Heather & Leslee


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Noon Hour Volunteers Needed!

We are in great need of additional support during lunch and recess time. If you are available only a few days a week, please consider volunteering in our lunch room. If interested, please use this sign up link.

Burns Park Players Present: Beauty & the Beast

“Be Our Guest” and come support our 100+ Burns Park Elementary Kindergarteners through 5th-graders participating in The Burns Park Players' 2023 production of “Beauty and the Beast!” Performances will be held at The Michigan Theater downtown Feb. 23rd through 26th, with a family-friendly Sunday Matinee. Tickets are available for sale from $10 here. Please reach out to BPP President Carly Groves at carlygroves1@gmail.com if pricing poses an obstacle for your family. Don’t miss out on this heartwarming and timeless show … who knew your neighbors had so much talent?!

Burns Park Blood Drive

The Burns Park Blood Drive is back baby! This is a "Save the Date" and plan ahead message for our Blood Drive on Friday, March 3, 2023. Feel free to sign up as well! We'll have regular pints and double reds available (also called "Power Reds"). We look forward to serving you!! This is our 16th blood drive, and we aim to beat the Michigan record (set by us)!! Don't worry, we will remind you.

Go to this link to sign up: https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=bpe

Thank you for your help and support!

AAPS Masking Policy

As of today, February 20th, Washtenaw County is in the CDC LOW/GREEN Community Level. Masks are optional. Link to CDC Community Level page here.

For more detailed information about the AAPS 2022-2023 COVID and Health Guidance, please click here.

AAPS Health Alert

AAPS Health Alert - Feb. 17, 2023

Washtenaw County is experiencing an increase in Norovirus, a gastrointestinal illness that causes nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Over the past week, some AAPS students and staff have reported gastrointestinal symptoms and illness.

Norovirus spreads easily, and can survive for long periods of time on surfaces. Protect yourself, your family, and others:

  • Wash hands with soap and water often

  • Stay home if you are ill

  • Clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces

  • Do not prepare food for others if you're sick

AAPS monitors illness and absence rates across our buildings. As with other communicable diseases, families are notified if classroom or building levels of gastrointestinal illness reach 20%. A cleaning and disinfection process occurs after clusters of gastrointestinal illness.

Additional resources:

From the PTO

Dear Fantastic BPE Families,

I hope that everyone had a wonderful twenty third week of school. Next Saturday, February 25 is the PTO Thrift Shop day for Burns Park Elementary, details below.

Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop:

The Ann Arbor PTO Thrift shop is a non-profit which provides support to all AAPS PTOs from their sales, see their flyer attached below this message. Every academic year, each school is also assigned one Saturday when 10% of proceeds are earned for that specific school and BPE’s day will be February 25, 2023.


Virtual Movie Night:

Thanks to those 57 Penguins who voted for our BPE PTO Virtual Movie. The winning movie for today's Presidents Day AAPS holiday (Monday, February 20, 2023) is Pokemon Detective Pikachu.

Watch instructions including a watch link, passphrase, trailer link and technical details are located on the PTO website here:


Yearbook Pictures:

The Burns Park Elementary Yearbook needs your help! Please share any photos you took of school events during the 2022-2023 school year. After uploading the photos, please tag them with the grade or teacher name.

You can upload your photos here or by taking a picture of the QR code above.

We are looking for photos from classroom parties, field trips, in the school garden, on the playground and school events like Walk and Talk, Popsicles in the Park, Outdoor Movie Night, and the Fall Picnic. Your cameras can take great shots!

We appreciate your help in filling this year’s yearbook with lots of Penguin memories. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the yearbook co-editors: Julie Rick (jamattock@gmail.com) and/or Kory Zhao (koryzhao@gmail.com).

Your Burns Park PTO

Al Masias, President


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From the Community


The Burns Park Run is scheduled for Sunday, May 7th, 2023, starting at 8:30 AM and volunteers to support this wonderful event are needed!

In particular, the BPR committee is seeking volunteers for the following:

  • Flyer Posting Campaign - Our goal is to have all posters posted on targeted bulletin boards by April 1st. To achieve this, we would like to provide volunteers two weeks to complete the posting, starting on March 18th. Interested parties can follow the link: https://runsignup.com/Race/Volunteer/MI/AnnArbor/burnsparkrun and search for the MARKETING volunteer role.

  • Yard Sign Placement - We seek volunteers willing to hang a yard sign at their homes or other high-traffic/high-visibility locations (businesses, offices, etc.). Interested parties can follow the link: https://runsignup.com/Race/Volunteer/MI/AnnArbor/burnsparkrun and search for the MARKETING volunteer role.
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Upcoming Dates

February 21, 2023

Incoming 6th Grade Family Night at Tappan

March 3, 2023

Half Day for Students